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Styyna

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Re: Orchids
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2017, 04:20:47 PM »
Milla, I love your orchid and your baby lemon tree! As Susie said, you are going to have a beautiful show of flowers and, if they are like ours, they will last for weeks on end, actually months at this point.

Will your lemon tree blossom, too? I've never seen citrus blossoms so please be sure to post a pic if it does!

DH couldn't make up his mind which orchids to order so I placed an order for four of them for him. I can't remember exactly what I ordered now but they are coming from one of the places you recommended, SusieQ - the one in Illinois. I know I bought a lovely white cattleya and a blue vanda but that's all I remember. They aren't in spike so we get to nurture them along! When they bloom I will be sure to take pictures.
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2017, 09:18:45 PM »
SusieQ - I was just watching your Grow Space Update on YouTube and I'm just blown away at the number of orchids you have growing! I haven't had much time to watch your videos or maybe I wouldn't be so surprised. You talked in your video about "bare shelves" but they looked anything but!  Everything looks so well tended, too. I can't imagine how much time you must spend with all of your flowers and plants. We're waiting for our first shipment and feel like getting four new plants is a big deal but they wouldn't even be a drop in the bucket for you.

A neighbor I hadn't met stopped by today and saw our existing orchids in the front window and raved about them. That was fun. I can see myself going down the orchid rabbit hole myself if I'm not careful. I find myself rereading our posts here and following them to places like the Orchid Society of Minnesota. I was ready to join but their membership year ends in June. I wrote to ask if I could join now and pay for next year and a prorated amount for this year but haven't heard back.

Well, back to finish viewing your video. By the way, I love your voice - it's very calm and soothing to listen to your narration.
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2017, 10:38:59 AM »
I am just not very good with orchids. I don't know where to put them, when to feed them, how to water them...so I've left this one in DH's tender, loving care and it is working!  I still think he over-waters house plants.
My mom loves to water plants daily and water is just all over the place. I've given her a schedule and that seems to work . The orchid you have is called Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid.  Thousands and thousands of these hybrids are imported to US for their flowers and easy care.  Your orchid needs indirect light and at least 7-8 hours if possible. North facing windows are the best or if you have an East facing window that gets morning sun that's Ok, too.  Once a week for watering is good and I usually soak the orchid for about 15-20 minutes in cool water and I fertilizer once or twice a week but a weak strength - two pinch is usually enough or when the water is more like the color of light sky blue. 

The newest trend now is growing orchids in water culture.  But, this can be very tricky if you're not sure what you are doing and what signs to look for to take additional actions. But, the orchid looks great!
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2017, 10:40:18 AM »
Milla, I love your orchid and your baby lemon tree! As Susie said, you are going to have a beautiful show of flowers and, if they are like ours, they will last for weeks on end, actually months at this point.

Will your lemon tree blossom, too? I've never seen citrus blossoms so please be sure to post a pic if it does!

DH couldn't make up his mind which orchids to order so I placed an order for four of them for him. I can't remember exactly what I ordered now but they are coming from one of the places you recommended, SusieQ - the one in Illinois. I know I bought a lovely white cattleya and a blue vanda but that's all I remember. They aren't in spike so we get to nurture them along! When they bloom I will be sure to take pictures.
I love cattleyas!  And just adore vandas!!
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« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2017, 10:44:29 AM »
SusieQ - I was just watching your Grow Space Update on YouTube and I'm just blown away at the number of orchids you have growing! I haven't had much time to watch your videos or maybe I wouldn't be so surprised. You talked in your video about "bare shelves" but they looked anything but!  Everything looks so well tended, too. I can't imagine how much time you must spend with all of your flowers and plants. We're waiting for our first shipment and feel like getting four new plants is a big deal but they wouldn't even be a drop in the bucket for you.
I kinda do have a lot of orchids.  :heartthrob: I do spend a lot of time on my orchids.  I spend at least an hour a day and most of all day on either Saturday or Sunday.  I cannot wait to see what you and your DH have purchased. You have to show pictures!!
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2017, 10:54:08 AM »
A neighbor I hadn't met stopped by today and saw our existing orchids in the front window and raved about them. That was fun. I can see myself going down the orchid rabbit hole myself if I'm not careful. I find myself rereading our posts here and following them to places like the Orchid Society of Minnesota. I was ready to join but their membership year ends in June. I wrote to ask if I could join now and pay for next year and a prorated amount for this year but haven't heard back.

Well, back to finish viewing your video. By the way, I love your voice - it's very calm and soothing to listen to your narration.
I'm known as the orchid lady in our neighborhood because you can see my orchids from our front windows.  :grin: It's so much fun when someone notice your orchids and pay you compliments. Once you see the blooms and smell the fragrance of the orchids, there is no going back. We're lucky here that we can join our society at anytime.  I hope you hear from them soon!  I think you and your DH will love it!!

It's funny that one of the biggest complaint that we youtuber makers is the we don't like hearing our voices.  I also don't like the sound of my voice but I really appreciate you saying that, Styyna!  :flowers2: Have a wonderful day!
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2017, 01:59:14 PM »
SusieQ, Thank you so much for the advice, I have passed it on to DH, who is very grateful.
I have watched your videos , they are very interesting and you have a lovely voice!
Styyna, I don’t know if this little lemon will ever blossom. It would be a miracle!  In my parents’ garden in Portugal we had a lemon tree. It gave two crops a year, excellent fruit, large and beautifully scented. We also had a fig tree, a couple of plum trees, a quince tree and a medlar tree.

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Re: Orchids
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2017, 07:19:21 AM »
Milla, I believe in miracles so your lemon tree will bloom. It just needs you to have faith! Your parents' garden sure had a lot of fruits. I can't imagine having fruiting trees like that in my yard since I'm accustomed to the climate in the northern US.

SusieQ, how much light do you give your orchids? Do you vary the amount by type? We are considering getting a light stand for ours so that we can grow them all in one place and showcase them in our dining room (the only room in the main living area with enough space). I'll try to attach a picture of what we're considering.

Our order arrived and I was blown away. I expected little starter plants and instead we got big mature plants. Even the dendrobium that came in a 2.25" pot is so big that it can't stand up without supporting the whole plant and pot - I bet it's a foot tall! The vanda has the beginning of a spike on it even though we ordered all plants that weren't in spike. DH has them under his advanced grow lights downstairs until we figure out a permanent home for them.

ETA: SusieQ, I did pay attention to your post where you shared the lights you use and DH has some LED lights like that but we prefer the overhead fluorescents if possible as, for display purposes, they give a more natural look than the LED lights he's gotten. So my question about how much light pertains to the use of fluorescents. The fixture we're considering has four 4 ft. bulbs on each tier and I'm hoping that would be enough for orchids.
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2017, 10:31:04 AM »
That looks lovely!

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« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2017, 10:30:18 AM »
Hi Styyna!  That's a nice set up if you have room but you will find your orchid collection growing each year so you have to take that in consideration.  :grin:

Yes, each type of orchid genera will require different light requirement.  For instance cattleya and vanda will require lots of light but not phalaenopsis type of orchid. Milla has a phalaenopsis.  They candle foot lighting to measure light requirement.  Do I go by that...not always. I mean, I'm not exact. You can by gadget to measure light or use the white paper/shadow method but I  opted not  to buy the gadget because a lot of orchids sold now have been hybridized and what may be good for the species may not for the hybridize orchid. Like most plants, your orchid will give you signs when she is unhappy about something.  I'm a bit nutty where I do check my orchids daily.  When you first buy a plant, you inspect it and look at it a lot before you buy it.  When you get it home, you expect that plant to be in the same condition weeks after you've introduced it to your home environment.  If not, it will give you signs and that's where the intranet comes in.  I'm always on the intranet looking and reading.  I also recommend an orchid diary. There are apps out there but I just created a spreadsheet. The name of the orchid, when I purchased it, vendor name - in case I need to order and happy or not with the plant - when it was repotted, when it bloomed and how many blooms, lighting, humidity, watering need, etc.  This helps in case you buy another orchid and you already have the same type. You can refer to the journal about where you need to place it and how much care you need to give it.

If you have not found them yet, I recommend you watch missorchidgirl: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissOrchidGirl She's in another part of the world and she's the one that pushed me down orchid hole!  I no longer watch her as often as I used to but she has great repotting videos. She also started making videos everyday and it just got too much for me. I usually look at the title of the videos and see if I am interested.  Like everything else on the net - take it with a grain of salt.   There is Brads greenhouse. I watched him more now.  There is young man, he is just graduating from high school this month. We've adopted each other.  :lol: He is my orchid son and he calls me his orchid mom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpXRn36LefCwgxUJBKcIVRw. If your up to the extreme, there is a girl on youtube that we call the WC Queen!  Water culture (WC) is the current rave now.  Your DH may not want to watch her because I see him as an old school grower.  You may want to take a peak and see her huge success in using only water to grow orchids. You can now go on vacation and not worry about your orchids anymore! I try to watch videos made in the US because that at least gets me close to the same weather and know what type of orchids will more likely to grow in my environment. There is another lady but she gets too loud. She lives in  Florida and her videos are helpful but she's loud and i can only take her once a week. But, she knows her orchids. Let me know if you want to listen to watch her. 

I'm sorry that I gave you so much info.  :grin:
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2017, 05:58:07 AM »
Wow, as usual you are just full of great information, Susie!

Diary - I had already thought that this would be a good thing to start but you kind of fleshed out what I need to include in one.

Space for orchids - if we get that fixture it will go in our dining room, in the only space we have for displaying orchids in our main living area. DH has a whole huge underground, heated garage for additional growing space.

But - that growing space is already being sucked up by his budding interest in hydroponics (water culture). He already has numerous small hydroponic gardens growing herbs and starting seeds. He's about to bring two bigger ones into commission with Romaine and a few other vegetables. I wish he had been a bit less haphazard about setting up his gardens down there. They don't use the space very efficiently but it's his lab so I don't say anything.

Videos - I will watch some of the recommended videos. I have a hard time sitting still for videos. I guess they aren't my preferred method of learning though I acknowledge they have a place. Sometimes there's just nothing like seeing and hearing about how to do something. More importantly, I'll share them with DH. I think he likes videos more than I do.

There's no such thing as too much information!! It's one of the things I like most about the world of the internet. If I have a question I can come here or I can go to Google and embark on a learning quest at any time of the day or night.

Thanks again! :)
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2017, 09:37:12 AM »
SusieQ, Thank you so much for the advice, I have passed it on to DH, who is very grateful.
I have watched your videos , they are very interesting and you have a lovely voice!
Styyna, I don’t know if this little lemon will ever blossom. It would be a miracle!  In my parents’ garden in Portugal we had a lemon tree. It gave two crops a year, excellent fruit, large and beautifully scented. We also had a fig tree, a couple of plum trees, a quince tree and a medlar tree.
I'm sure the orchid will give you and your DH many blooms for many years!  Your lemon tree looks great, mila!  It's a seedling but I would say in a year or two you will have lemons on that tree! 

You're too kind, milla and I do appreciate you watching my videos.   :)
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« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2017, 09:44:02 AM »
But - that growing space is already being sucked up by his budding interest in hydroponics (water culture). He already has numerous small hydroponic gardens growing herbs and starting seeds. He's about to bring two bigger ones into commission with Romaine and a few other vegetables. I wish he had been a bit less haphazard about setting up his gardens down there. They don't use the space very efficiently but it's his lab so I don't say anything.
It took me over a year to find the set up that worked for me and the orchids.  Lots of moving things around and buying equipment.  As time goes and as things grow or not grow, your DH's grow space will go through many phases.  Lots of frustration will follow.   :grin:
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« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2017, 09:51:59 AM »
Diary - I had already thought that this would be a good thing to start but you kind of fleshed out what I need to include in one.

Videos - I will watch some of the recommended videos. I have a hard time sitting still for videos. I guess they aren't my preferred method of learning though I acknowledge they have a place. Sometimes there's just nothing like seeing and hearing about how to do something. More importantly, I'll share them with DH. I think he likes videos more than I do.

It's hard to keep up with the diary since I like to spend my time with my orchids instead of in front of computer but it's just one of those things that has to be done.  :lol:

I find it difficult sometimes to watch videos, too, and I love orchids!  There is nice gentleman from the UK and has a lovely voice and he is also making videos everyday - he is retired - and have many people subscribe to him.  But, his videos are often half hour long. I just can't commit to that much watching when I have a full time job, family to take care of and hundreds of plants to care for, too.  But, many seems to like watching his videos. I think I try to watch 2 or 3 of his videos a week. Usually during lunch time.  But, it's just too much sometimes.  I think the last time I watched his videos was last week and he already 15 new videos. Maybe when I retire...I'll have more time :lol:
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Re: Orchids
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2017, 05:12:55 AM »
Maybe when I retire...I'll have more time :lol:

I wouldn't count on it! I'm finding plenty to occupy my time since mostly retiring! I see this as a time to volunteer and to immerse myself in new hobbies, including orchids. For whatever reason, I am just not a video watcher (except for yours) on a regular basis. It's such a time commitment as you've mentioned. When I sit down with my iPad to look at stuff online I'm generally just passing a few minutes and not planning to be online for any length of time. A 15-minute video doesn't fit with just spending a few minutes online. Especially since one video often leads to another if I want to be thorough.

On the other hand, I'm getting sucked into orchid care. If a diary is to be kept it will be up to me and I find the idea appealing. If I'm to truly become involved there is much to be learned from others and their videos are probably the best way to learn.
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